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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 2, 2010 9:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry vocals 78'

I have to not only agree with Cliff but elaborate further. I believe, and I think it can be proven, that 78 was the turning point at which there was no recovery and his voice steadily went downhill and never recovered. He had multiple bouts of laryngitis that must have affected his voice permanently. i suspect smoking coke and heroin to be the culprit as he already smoked up a storm and that would have been a steady decline not one that obvious and dramatic. If your talking just about passion then he definitely growled alot in 78 and was getting into it in a way he didn't before. So if that's what you mean I'll give you that but I definitely think that was the year that ruined his voice forever. I prefer the sweetness and I think that makes 70-71 the best years for him vocally with 77 being the last year his voice ever sounded pure and sweet.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jan 2, 2010 9:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry vocals 78'

I was talking about how he approached his vocals,he seemed more enthused,like he was really trying to sing.Passion was part of it,but I feel like he enunciated better,accented better,to my ear he seemed to be singing differently and better.I understand his voice was weaker and not quite as sweet as the earlier years,but I was not talking about his voice,I was talking about his singing.As far as attacking anyone who doesn't agree with me Cliff that is not the case,only insecure,unpleasant people like yourself.JOTS didn't agree with me but he didn't feel the need to be a snide asshole,seems to me you had this conversation with a number of people,but I'm done with you.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jan 2, 2010 9:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry vocals 78'

Hey John, I couldn't agree more regarding the sweetness of 70-71 and '78 being the beginning of the end that sound. Although I do think he sounded much better in the JGB shows that I have heard from '78 than the GD shows of that year. Any thoughts on this?

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 4, 2010 11:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry vocals 78'

" Although I do think he sounded much better in the JGB shows that I have heard from '78 than the GD shows of that year. Any thoughts on this? "

well he didn't have to sing as loud and had background singers. I like his band alot in 78 but I've heard a few where his voice is weak with a strain of the laryngitis.